Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

paulaschoiceI have to admit that I originally received this little gem inside my monthly Birchbox.  I liked it so much, that I ended up actually purchasing the full sized product at my local Pharmaca store.  However, if you do not have a local retail outlet that carries this, you can always get it online at (1 oz, $30, sample also available).  I had my suspicions about this product and honestly didn’t think that I was going to like it.  How pleasantly surprised I turned out to be…..

Skin Types – Best suited for Combination & Oily skin

Texture – Very interesting, slightly oily feeling gel.  A little goes a long way and really absorbs into the skin quickly (bonus!).  So the oily feeling goes away after application, which is great because my face always feel like an oil slick by the end of the day.

Purpose  – Shrink enlarged pores and smooth skin texture. (Ok, you win. You had me at “shrink pores”)  Also great for acne breakouts, anti-aging, blackheads, enlarged pores, and wrinkles.  Protects your skin from environmental damage and the oily texture makes a great foundation primer (I am all about my products having multiple functions)!  Claims to also be great for use around eyes. However, I have not tested this out personally.

Ingredients – Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Isododecane (matte finish solvent), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone suspending agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (non-aqueous thickener), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A/antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (thickener), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract (antioxidant pigment), Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo) Leaf Extract, Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (White Birch) Bark Extract (antioxidants), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant plant oil), Silica (absorbent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Bottom Line – Definite winner and worth every penny.  A little goes a long way.  I love the fact that I see an improvement in the appearance of my skin, have less blackheads and my pores appear to be smaller as well.  I also love the fact that this product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, both of which are common skin irritants.



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